Advisory Board

The Werthstein Institute

The Werthstein Institute is comprised of intellectual leaders with long-term experience in managing investment and strategy teams of leading worldwide banks, family offices and wealth managers.

Chairman, Werthstein Institute

Giles has held the roles of Global Chief Economist and Global Head of Research at Credit Suisse in the Investment Bank and in Wealth Management, and most recently has been Deputy Global Chief Investment officer for Credit Suisse with some CHF 250bn under management. He has published widely in academic and general media on macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy and has received various awards.

Werthstein Institute Fellow

Valérie was Chief Economist for several financial institutions in France and abroad. She is a member of the Board of Directors, at Conservateur Finance, a mutual insurance company headquartered in Paris, where she also serves as senior economic advisor. Valérie currently chairs the Société d’Economie Politique (France), and is a member of the scientific committee

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Stefan is an independent Finance Expert, and has written various best sellers. From the tender age of 16, he has been interested in the international financial markets.

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Christine is an independent economic advisor, specialising in global macro-economic issues. From 2006 to 2013, Christine ran the Country Risk Research function in Standard Chartered Bank.

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Honorary Fellow

Robert has more than 10 years of investment experience in the world of financial services. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen with an M.Sc. in Banking and Finance and an M.Sc.

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Honorary Fellow

Robert Halver heads the Capital Market Analysis of Baader Bank AG. He gained experience in the field of security analysis and investment strategy since 1990. He is regular contributor to the media and is a highly regarded speaker at conferences and events across Germany. His ‘trademark’ is his clear and understandable language.

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Honorary Fellow

Bronwin has 17 years of investment experience in the financial services industry. Her previous roles include Head of Global Research, Executive Editor, Senior Adviser to the Head of Global Banking and Markets.

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Honorary Fellow

Sanjit is a pioneer in the fund of hedge funds industry and has many decades experience in the business of multi-family offices. Sanjit worked with leading financial institutions including Credit Suisse First Boston Limited, JP Morgan and Foreign and Colonial Emerging Markets Ltd; where he launched and managed one of the first and largest open-ended

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Honorary Fellow

Dominik has more than 10 years of experience as a financial analyst and investment manager. Since 2009 he has been working for the Zurich private bank Rahn + Bodmer Co . His activities included, among other things, the development of quantitative, sustainable and thematic strategies with a special focus on technology and energy. Before joining

Our Team

Three of us came together in the summer of 2015, with the desire to change the way people invest. All of us had worked in the financial services industry for many years, and have experienced firsthand the challenges investors and banks are facing. We felt that there should be a way to help investors simplify their investment decisions. At the same time we wanted to improve the design of portfolios. So that more people could benefit from balanced portfolio strategies, considering that the individual risk appetite of each investor differs with every investment decision.

We are convinced that this way of investing will help investors to improve their long-term average performance. Last but not least, we believe that investing should be exciting and fun. Our clients look for intellectual stimulation, they want to understand current trends and, if they see fit, invest. We launched Werthstein one year after our first meeting, and are now committed fully to improving the experience of our clients every day. We stay close to our clients and their feedback is important to us.

Chief Executive Officer

Bastian is a Financial Services Marketing expert. As Managing Director Marketing International, he led the marketing strategy and implementation of Credit Suisse’s marketing program across the Americas, APAC and EMEA region. A digital native, Bastian has leveraged the internet for client identification, acquisition and loyalty strategies since the late 90s. He studied business administration in

Chief Financial Officer

Felix has gained many years of experience in wealth management in Germany. He was Chief Operating Officer for the Private Banking business of HypoVereinsbank and gained in-depth understanding about how investment advice is given in today’s banking branches. He has completed a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Physics and got into banking by developing an Internet

Chairman, Werthstein Institute

Giles has 30 years of experience at Credit Suisse. Prior to that he was a Research Fellow at the London Business School and worked at the Confederation of British Industry. He spent nearly 20 years on the sell-side and over a decade on the buy-side, with varying responsibilities that included Global Chief Economist, Head of

Senior Portfolio Manager

Stefan is engaged in investment strategy, portfolio management, asset management and sustainable investment. Starting 2001, he has worked in responsible positions for German private banks which were specialized on asset management. Having enjoyed formal training as banker and economist, he wrote this Ph.D. thesis at the University of Konstanz in econometrics. Together with his family,

Customer Experience Manager

Nicole is a customer experience specialist with many years experience in designing perfect usability in financial services projects. She was Head of Key Account Management for a leading Fintech company in Switzerland where she successfully managed and implemented projects with major banks and and credit institutions.

Junior Portfolio Manager

Before joining Werthstein, Johannes worked more than three years for a hedge fund in London where he developed investment ideas and hedging strategies for retail customers. He focuses on analysing global market trends and optimising risks in managed portfolios. Johannes studied Economics in Maastricht and Bordeaux. He completed his studies with a master from King’s

Chief Editor

Thomas has more than ten years journalistic experience through his work as responsible editor for the business formats at the biggest news channel in Germany, n-tv, Then he changed sides – he became the press officer of a financial services company. For the CFD provider CMC Markets, he was later also responsible for marketing and

Press spokesperson

For more than 15 years, Christoph has worked as a press spokesperson and head of communication, holding several positions for a leading global insurer, previously as head of communication Asia-Pacific in Singapore and of the global Shared Service Society in Munich. As a trained economist, he specialized in quantitative analysis of microdata during his studies in

The Werthstein Advisory Board

Werthstein counts not only with the investment experience of the Werthstein Institute, but we are proud to be supported by a number of renowned advisors. Our advisory board looks back to distinguished careers in management positions in banking, media and technology. Our advisors stand by our side with their advice and support us in staying future-oriented and sustainable.


Since October 1st 2016, Walter Berchtold is CEO of the Falcon Private Bank in Zurich. From March 1015 to September 2016 he was a member of the Board of Directors at Falcon Private Bank. Walter Berchtold looks back to a 30-year-long career in banking. From 2003 to 2012, he was a manager at Credit Suisse,


Dr. Romeo Lacher is a member of the board of directors of the SIX Swiss Exchange since January 2008 and President of the Board since October 2016.   Since 1990, Dr. Romeo Lacher has held several management positions at Credit Suisse. From 2004 – 2015, he was a member of the Private Banking Committee; 2004


Spiros K. Margaris is a Venture Capitalist & Thought Leader in the FinTech & Insurtech scene. He was ranked #1 FinTech & #2 Insurtech global influencer by Onalytica. Previously, he worked in banking and money management (hedge funds) and launched two start-ups in New York, one of which would nowadays be termed a fintech. He is a frequent speaker at international fintech conferences and publishes articles


Sanjit is a pioneer in the fund of hedge funds industry and has many decades experience in the business of multi-family offices. Sanjit worked with leading financial institutions including Credit Suisse First Boston Limited, JP Morgan and Foreign and Colonial Emerging Markets Ltd; where he launched, and managed one of the first and largest open-ended


Dr. Schmid-Kühnhöfer serves as Managing Director and Co-Head of the management consulting and corporate finance firm goetzpartners (Schweiz) AG as well as of the investment firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH (DIEP). He is Co-founder and Chairman of the Berlin-based real estate asset management firm SITU Asset Management GmbH. Dr. Schmid-Kühnhöfer supports several organizations in financial services and property industries as a board


Frank-B. Werner obtained his doctorate from the Georg-August-University Göttingen with his dissertation titled “short-term exchange rate fluctuations and new markets for exchange rate-hedging instruments”. In autumn 1987, he built the Munich-based Börse Online stock market magazine from the ground up, where he was editor-in-chief in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, he cofounded the Finanzen Verlag,

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